South African Regulator Zeroes in on Scams and Unregulated Firms in Its Secon...

South African Regulator Zeroes in on Scams and Unregulated Firms in Its Secon...

South African regulator the Financial Sector Conduct Authority recently issued its second crypto “health warning” after it noticed increased reports of crypto-related losses suffered “in the past three months.” In the warning, the regulator reminds investors that since cryptocurrencies are “not regulated by the authority or any other body,” there will be no legal recourse “if something goes wrong.” Unregulated Firms and Promises of High Rewards The FSCA’s second warning comes in the wake of the collapse of the Mirror Trading....


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